Movie Makers

Movie Makers
By: Wes Wallace

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO --Most major motion pictures take several months and several million dollars to produce. Filmmakers from across the world don't have quite that much time or the resources in what's called the 48-Hour Film Project.

"Within 48 hours, we had to write, shoot, edit, and deliver," explains Steve Turner, the executive producer for the short film "A Dirty Job."

Actually, the cast and crew only had 44 hours, since four of it was spent driving to St. Louis and back. The contest is based out of St. Louis, so the project leaders have to get the topic and format there and then come back to Cape Girardeau to get started. Beyond the time constraints, the rules are simple, but the judging criteria changes. This year the film entries had to include a bank manager, a shopping bag, and a line, "is that all I am to you?"

"Coordination was a big factor, and our director did an excellent job of getting everything squared away so we could have everyone here and on time in their spots," says Ryan Maurer, the director of photography," We chose to do black and white and sped the film up so it had a Benny Hill old time aspect."

In the silent film, actor J.W. McCrary didn't say any lines of course, but he did perform a dual role as a bank manager of a financial institution and a bank manager of the Cape Girardeau riverfront bank. "The actor doesn't have to do anything except hit his mark and do what he's told," Says McCrary, "I just did what I was told."

Those heading up the film project say they hope it will encourages others to get involved with the movie making process. "That's our main purpose, is to promote film making here in Cape Girardeau," says Michael Huntington, the film's director, "We've got a lot of talents writers, directors, and actors here."

The awards for the 48-Hour Film Contest will be announced Thursday night in St. Louis. "A Dirty Job" is up for best in show and several other awards.